Edna, the bottlenose dolphin that stranded on Longboat Key in June, is now ready to go home. She will be released from a Mote Marine Laboratory vessel 1-3 miles offshore early Tuesday, August 14.
Mote is providing a separate vessel for media so that you may take pictures and video of the release. Because space on the boat is limited, we will be assigning spots on a first-come, first-served basis. You MUST RSVP by 1 p.m. Monday to reserve your outlet's slot on the boat.
Please Note: Only five spots on the boat are available for media and only one member from each attending news outlet will be allotted a spot.
Release is contingent on weather. Your RSVP will allow us to update you if weather conditions change.
Mote will also be shooting b-roll and stills, should your news outlet be unable to send your own representative.
What: Edna, the bottlenose dolphin, will be returned to the wild by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
When: Media should arrive and park at the Keating Marine Education Center between 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. The boat will leave the dock promptly at 7:15 a.m. (We will be leaving from the Mote dock located next door to the Salty Dog Restaurant.) We may return to the dock as late as 10 a.m. please allow flexibility for your return time.
RSVP: REQUIRED. Please respond to Hayley Rutger by calling 941-374-0081 no later than 1 p.m. Monday to reserve your outlet's spot on the boat.